Soul Crushing is a memoir of a man’s journey through an all-female roller derby league in Reno, Nevada, the reactions he gets, how he is treated, what he learns, and how it challenges and changes not only his perspective on women but the entire way he sees gender roles in society, gender identity, gender oppression, and many other gender issues. He also learns why women seem to be drawn to one of the most violent, dangerous, and brutal sports around. Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world with thousands of leagues, international league championships, and a World Cup. Long gone are the days of fake fights, scripted bouts, and theatrics. Even tutus and fishnet stockings are being replaced with sensible, more protective sportswear. While the reinvented sport of 2001 has been dominated by women, there has been growing participation of not only men but people of all gender identities. The book also contains many tips and advice for new skaters.